“Jussie Smollett is about to say something profound.”
Terrence K. Williams, a conservative comedian currently engaged in a pro-President Donald Trump comedy tour, claimed Monday that Twitter removed a video parody that spliced together interview footage of beleaguered actor Jussie Smollett with that of popular courtroom television show “Judge Judy.”
Williams also shared a screenshot of a copyright infringement complaint from Twitter. According to the Oklahoma City native, although other users had shared the video, his political beliefs made him a target for the social media platform.
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The video intercuts footage of Smollett’s now-infamous interview with “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts with clips of “Judge Judy” star Judge Judith Sheindlen berating a participant on her show. Smollett has become an object of mockery, especially for many on the right, after his claims of being the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by supporters of President Donald Trump crumbled in the weeks after the alleged assault took place.
TWITTER LEAVE ME ALONE!! Stop removing videos from my page! pic.twitter.com/LcxSeaXIXv
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) March 4, 2019
“Twitter Removed this video parody of Jussie Smollett on Judge Judy,” Williams wrote in a Tweet caption accompanying the video. “Other people posted this but instead they went after me. I just need stuff to laugh at while I’m recovering from a bad car wreck but since I’m a conservative I don’t get a break!” As of the publication of this article, it appears that Twitter has rescinded the removal of the video from Williams’ account.
Watch The Banned Video Here
Conservatives have accused the major social media platforms, including Twitter, of exhibiting bias against right-leaning ideology. During a September hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey fielded questions from Republican lawmakers who suggested his company was using its algorithm to censor conservative perspectives.
The tech giant has repeatedly pushed back against allegations that it is suppressing political viewpoints. In a blog post written last month, Twitter’s Vice President of Global Public Policy, Colin Crowell, asserted the company’s commitment to “impartiality.”
“Whether it’s trends, how we enforce our policies, or the content that appears in your timeline, we believe in impartiality and do not take any actions based upon political viewpoints,” he said. “Our product and policies are never developed nor evolved on the basis of political ideology.”
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